Pizza Brain, Philadelphia's combination art project, restaurant, and Guinness—certified largest collection of pizza memorabilia in the world that we first told you about last year is gearing up to open this summer. Renovations at Pizza Brain HQ in Fishtown—a big space with plenty of room for arcade games, seating, and even a back yard—are running smoothly and they're looking to open around June.
One surprise about Pizza Brain is that they're putting just as much thought into the food as the museum concept. Chefs Joe Hunter (formerly of Dellasando's Pizza in Charleston, South Carolina) and Auston Adams have been working around the clock in the test kitchen experimenting with dough recipes and some wild, original creations.
The menu is going to be in the "true American pizzeria style", meaning gas deck ovens, standard (but perfected) pizzeria-style crust, made with locally sourced ingredients from nearby urban farms. They'll have your standard Margherita and pepperoni options, as well as some awesome sounding specialty pies, including a carmelized onion, gruyere and thyme french onion soup pizza. Instead of slices sitting under heat lamps all day, Pizza Brain plans to offer freshly made to order personal pizzas for around $5 along with their 18-inch large pies.
Other possibilities for the future of Pizza Brain include delivery by skateboard, and some sort of collaboration with Little Baby's Ice Cream, purveyor of flavors such as Earl Grey Sriracha and Cardamom Caramel.
If you want to be a part of the world's first pizza museum, a $15 contribution to their kickstarter campaign gets you a free personal pizza and drink after they open; $500 earns you the title of Ultimate Pizza Warrior, 3 days worth of free pizza, an art print by Brian Dwyer, your name carved into a brick, and a private party for 8 people including champagne and live music performed by the owners!